Morio Kita

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Morio Kita (北 杜夫 Kita Morio?) was the pen name of Sokichi Saitō (斎藤 宗吉 Saitō Sōkichi?, May 1, 1927 – October 24, 2011), a Japanese novelist, essayist, and psychiatrist.[1]

Kita attended Azabu High School, Matsumoto Higher School (now part of Shinshu University) and graduated from Tohoku University's School of Medicine.[2] He initially worked as a doctor at Keio University Hospital. Motivated by the collections of his father's poems and the books of German author Thomas Mann, he decided to become a novelist. He was the second son of poet Mokichi Saitō. Shigeta Saitō, his older brother, is also a psychiatrist. The essayist Yuka Saitō is his daughter.[3][4]

He has suffered from manic–depressive disorder since his middle age.[5]

Awards[edit]

  • 1960: Akutagawa Prize, for the novel, In The Corner Of Night And Fog, which takes its name from Nacht und Nebel, the Nazi campaign to eliminate Jews, the mentally ill and other minorities. The novel concerns the moral quandary of staff at a German mental hospital during the final years of the 2nd World War. Faced with demands from the SS that the most severely ill patients be segregated for transportation to a special camp, where it is obvious that they will be eliminated, the more morally conscious of the doctors make desperate efforts to protect the patients without outwardly defying the authorities. A parallel theme is the personal tragedy of a young Japanese researcher affiliated with the mental hospital, whose own schizophrenia has been triggered by the disappearance of his half-Jewish wife. (Shinchosha Co., Morio Kita - 'In the Corner of Night and Fog' and other stories, 2011 ed.)

Bibliography[edit]

Incomplete - to be updated

Novels[edit]

Essays[edit]

TV[edit]

  • Nescafé Gold Blend CM (1974)
  • Tetsuko no Heya (1980 and May 12, 2008 with Yuka Saitō)

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